FCT Minister, Military Parley over Security of Abuja


By Olawale Ajimotokan

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has held a security meeting with the delegation from the Defence Headquarters Garrison on the security of the nation’s capital.

During the meeting, the minister assured the Nigerian Armed Forces and all other security agencies of the readiness of the FCT Administration to collaborate for the continuous security of the FCT and the safety of its residents.

He held the security meeting with the Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison, Maj. Gen. Preye Fakrogha, who was accompanied by Army HQ Garrison Commander, Maj. Gen. Sanusi Dahiru; Commander, Naval Unit Abuja, Navy Commodore Sulaiman D. Ibrahim and Commander, 053 HQ, NAF Camp, Abuja, Air Commodore Christopher Akpa.

There has been concern about the security of the FCT in the light of the infiltration of some communities in neighbouring Niger State by some Boko Haram insurgents.

The minister, however, reiterated that Abuja has been secure due to the close working relationship between the heads of the various military formations and other security agencies in the FCT over the years.

He thanked the military for the good working relationship between them as members of FCT Security Committee and within the various security task forces that they operate in.

He reminded his guests that Abuja occupied a very unique position as the capital city of Nigeria, its major political centre, and the headquarters of its armed forces and diplomatic corps

“We will work very closely with you and your offices under the various task forces that you operate, as well as the main Security Committee which meets regularly,” Bello said.

Speaking earlier, Fakrogha said that he was in the FCTA on a familiarisation visit following his appointment.

He said that he had visited other security agencies within the territory and pledged to work closely with all of them in line with the leadership philosophy of the Chief of Defence Staff.

He said it was in demonstration of this, that the heads of the other military formations in the FCT had accompanied him on the visit to the FCTA and assured that all the security agencies in the FCT will work in synergy so that the security of the nation’s capital will be guaranteed.